September 2, 2012 Rolling Meadows, IL – Muscle Maker Grill, a chain of casual eateries that serves freshly prepared meals with your health in mind, announces a multi-unit franchise deal to develop 10 Muscle Maker Grill restaurants in the state of Illinois. Muscle Maker Grill offers a menu full of healthy items to include wraps, pasta dishes, salads, healthy side options, and even protein shakes and smoothies. The menu also includes gluten free and vegan/vegetarian friendly options.

This new agreement marks the chain’s first franchise deal in the state and is a significant step toward the company’s national expansion plans. The first location, in Illinois, is expected to open on September 28, 2012 in Rolling Meadows; and the company is planning to soon break ground on a restaurant in Glendale Heights and Sleepy Hollow and areas in downtown Chicago will soon follow.

“Our new agreement is helping Muscle Maker Grill continue the growth that has made it as one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains,” says Rod Silva, founder of Muscle Maker Grill.

Located at 1673 Algonquin Rd in Rolling Meadows, IL in the Market Place Plaza across from Wal-Mart, this 3,500 state of the art restaurant will add jobs in the area, contributing to Illinois’ and the Rolling Meadows employment growth.

“We are excited to open a new Muscle Maker Grill restaurant and welcome the community in to enjoy our full menu of healthy food, desert items, and beverages,” says restaurant multi-unit franchisee Barry Donalson. “This new restaurant is sure to become a location where families and friends can gather to share smiles and stories over great healthy meals.”

The restaurant can seat 75 guests inside and will offer 12 attractive outdoor patio seats. Bringing together the best of great healthy food and casual dinning, Muscle Maker Grill will be the hip new place to eat.

“Everyone at Muscle Maker Grill is excited to bring our healthy selections to Chicago-land and the state of Illinois. We are happy to welcome our newest area developers, Barry Donalson and John Marques, are confident their extensive restaurant and marketing background coupled with their passion for the Muscle Maker Grill concept is a recipe for success,” says Art Gunther, president of Muscle Maker Grill.

Marques, the owner of 13 other Muscle Maker Grill locations are excited to bring this healthy concept to Illinois. Entrepreneur, health enthusiast, and international speaker, Barry Donalson is also owner of Momentum Marketing Group, a full service marketing company also is located in Rolling Meadows. Momentum Marketing Group will spearhead all marketing efforts for the restaurant. They were drawn to Muscle Maker Grill by the concept, great food taste, and the franchise business model.

“Typically, people perceive healthy food as bland, but Muscle Maker Grill has created unique, delicious flavor profiles. I was further impressed by their franchise concept that is perfect for both entry-level entrepreneurs and seasoned pros,” says Donalson.

The deal is an integral part of Muscle Maker Grill’s plans to grow the franchise system. Scheduled to open more restaurants this month, the chain is experiencing growth throughout the country. Muscle Maker Grill has restaurants in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Texas.

“We plan to continue to expand across the country, bringing nutritious, quick service-options to people nationwide,” Silva says.

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